The Legend of Korra: A Beautiful Mess

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Razbuten : So, this one is a little different than my video on Avatar: The Last Airbender. It was a little harder for me to just focus on one element of the show, so I focused more on the series as a whole and the various elements I liked or didn't like. I also mention at the end of this video that I am going to work on a video that is essentially what my rewrite of Book 2 would look like, so if that interests you, let me know. I am going to make it no matter what, but if there is enough interest in me doing it, I will make it sooner. Anyway, have a good one, and I hope you enjoy it!

Olga Garcia : I blame mostly nick for korra not being as good as ATLA, the didn’t give bryke enough writers, episodes and support compared to ATLA and they also removed korra from tv to get more traffic on their website, that’s shady af

Turkey Tom : I’m The Avatar And You Gotta DEAL WITH IT

Jack : When Korra lost her bending Me: Wow, this is so deep. Korra who was born with the power of both fire,water and earth bending and barely took Tenzin's teaching to heart loses her powers. Can Korra overcome her weakness of only having the element to bend air, can she still be the underdog? Holy shit I'm really interested now. Aang: JESUS TOUCH Me: Ah...

Obi-Wan Kenobi : Don't disrespect my main man Sokka. He helped too. Also Momo. Momo was critical to the narrative.

hello my name is : Zuko's hair had a better character arc than most of those in Legend of Korra

Jaysee : I think Korras Enemies were that interesting, because their Intentions weren't simply "evil" as the Firelords have been. Equality, Balance, Freedom and Order can all be good things, so in a way Korra not only struggles in finding her Place in the world, but also because her Enemies goals are not inherently bad. This is what made the correlations between Korra and the antagonists such an important part of the series. And it also transports a message that is pretty rare in these Kind of shows, that nothing really is good or evil, but the way how to achieve their goals can make people do bad things.

TheOneBadAssGamer : when you said conflicted all i could think about was the Boulder so......... The boulder is conflicted about fighting a little girl. yes i typed that and said it in his voice. I had to get it out of my system.

itsgreenblackman : Azami and Korra's relationship was shoehorned in. There was little to no evidence of a romance between the two and it felt so forced.

Matt Murray : In some aspects I like Korra better than Avatar. I like how the whole series asked “what is the purpose of the avatar in time of peace” then it undercuts this question by having constant different conflicts arise that the question because “if conflict is a constant recurrence, then what is the purpose of the avatar?” Those two question are constant throughout the series and I like how Korra explores the role of the avatar. I also like how much harder this question is based on how none of the villains are simply evil for the sake of evil.

Uniquenameosaurus : ahsonofabitchcopiedmytitle

StarCaster : My reactions during this was “Oh” “Oh true” “Ahhh damn” “Yup” “Lol yeah” “Ah the beatles” I liked the idea of korra, i just didnt like how it was executed. It did look good! The fights, the animation was better, and the colour etc, but - it was for sure, the character development that felt like something was missing and bringing up the time limit made sense. And when it did end, i felt sad lol despite everyones objection, because it was over.

ventusluca : They ruined the spirit world IMO. In The Last Airbender it was this really mysterious world with all these alien beings like Koh, who didn't really feel either bad or good, but had their own neutral interests. This mysterious world looked like a really tranquil world, managing a semi-unsettling look while not feeling unsettling at all. They've exchanged that for a world that's effected by your emotions, full with pink flying butterflyrabbits that turn into killer monsters when you don't feel happy all the time, and you can force this change through some weird waterbending move. If that isn't a huge jarring 180 on a previously established world than I don't know what is. I also really dislike how they changed what the Avatar is. First it was "The incarnation of the spirit of the planet." And now they changed it to some weird carpet-like spirit that fused with a human that fights with another carpet-like spirit in a battle of peace and chaos. It's also stupid how in The Last Airbender lightning bending was this extremely hard to achieve move and only the best of the best firebenders could do it, and they just made lightning benders these low pay factory workers working at a powerplant in The Legend of Korra... Not to mention that they excluded Suki and all of the other Kyoshi warriors from The Legend of Korra, or how they never explained who the mother of Zuko's child is, or never really gave any attention to what happened to Sokka (he died obviously, but about everything we know about him is that he was on the council of the united republic and became chief of the Southern Water tribe.) Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed The Legend of Korra, but I just really dislike how they kind of went back onto things they previously said or did and changed them.

Steve LaFave : I honestly believe Nickelodeon caused the legend of Korra to not be as great as it could've been. The fact that the creators weren't sure if they'd get the chance to do more seasons after the first season so it set them up to have to have new main conflicts each season with a new villain. Which led to a structure of what I could see as a theme and moral of the series. Personally the over arching theme for me is that there is no set evil, every good intention can be disastrous and every people are capable of great evil. Regardless though I loved this series and am sad that it had to end the way it did because of Nickelodeon having its hand on it.

Rylan Browne : I think that a lot of people didn't like Korra because it was basically the complete opposite of TLA. You mentioned that Aang learns from his allies while Korra learns from her enemies. There was a single enemy in TLA that was literally just an evil dude, never really changing, Korra had 4-5 major enemies that either changed in the end, making them more human (Doesn't mean TLA was worse or better, just different), and while everyone wanted Aang to be the avatar the save the world, he ran away. Nobody wants Korra to be the Avatar, but she runs towards it. It was incredibly different and even though I thoroughly enjoyed both series, Korra was ultimately rushed more so, trying to pack everything in. I agree with everything you said and I really wish they put more time into Korra, giving it more explanation because it has really good character slates, they just needed a little more. Korra's arcs were still amazing, and so were her villains, the show definitely getting better as it went on. Thanks for the video, it was beautifully made!

Melissa D : 3:20 that moment when you remember appa had a character arc and realize he had more development than most of Korra’s supporting cast.

streetside121 : Her and Asami's relationship felt forced af It's like Asami's only use in the show to be the non bender to complete team Avatar, love interest and an intelligent rich girl that if the group just happens to need some magical device or sum shit to help them defeat a villian they can go to her. She a scape goat. I feel like no real thought went into her character at all.

Curlew : I want "... sokka helps too" framed

AlphaMunky : Three years onwards, I’ve learned to appreciate Korra. People wanted last air bender grade stuff, I’m glad we got something different. I loved Korras character development, the villains (minus unalaq), characters and world. I love the last air bender and legend of Korra, it’s possible to like both...

Jae-Deon Parkinson : MOMOs arc was pure genius

Dinar : I wish Bryke and Aaron had a chance to come together to remake Korra. I’d like to see what it would become with better planning, writing and less censorship from Nick. I love the show as much as I love the last airbender so it upsets me it couldn’t reach its potential.

R Steven : I cried. Good job.

Milomondo : Korra was a big dissapointment either way: the unconnected plots, forced finale, the underdeveloped characters, the constant focus on romance, but after Aang's story we couldn't stop ourselves from watching and hoping... maybe it was also our mistake.

Paully808 : Reading through the comments and as usual with any video essay ever discussing TLAB and TLOK, it's all "Omg, TLAB was the most perfect thing ever with absolutely no faults. it's like God himself handed it down as a finished masterpiece and because of that TLOK is shit, or at the very least meh" when in reality, TLOK succeeded in a lot of aspects that TLAB was sorely lacking in. But because TLAB is so well revered, much like the Star Wars trilogy, anything that comes after, no matter how good, even if it improves on the previous trilogy's work, will never be good enough and will always be talked down about about because there's no time like the first time.

MrMeSoLonely : The last air bender and Korra are the only shows that made me cry in my 20 years of life. TLAB's last episode because I knew that it's the end of Aang's journey and season 3 of Korra because I think it was kinda relatable for me at that age (18) where I felt useless in my life and I watched my friends and family being useful to others and growing in their lives. I still love them both because of the impact they had on me and my life and I'm sure I'm gonna watch them again and again. Loved the video man.

Burger the Bear : I think "They didn't have enough time" is such a cop-out. I've seen other pieces of media who tell amazing stories in 12 episodes, in 1 episode, even. They're just so terrible at telling story and they actively ruined everything they built in ATLA.

Marc Alcatraz : Although i agree that Zuko's arc is the all-time best in storytelling history, Jaime's in Game of Thrones might end up being better, but not by much as they have very similar growth.

Nathan Bonbrake : Gotta be honest here while LoK will never top Last Airbenders cast. The villains in LoK are amazing (season 1 and 3 mostly)

Lalluska : I'm so glad that at least someone's giving Korra credit for the things it did right. Let's be honest, The Last Airbender had its shortcomings as well, almost the entire first season is sort of "eh" when it comes to pacing and overall tone (tho one could argue that the lighter tone of the first season makes the pay-off later in the series as it gets darker even better). It's been really bothering me to see Korra get so much shit. I'll admit it's partly because of personal reasons. Korra's journey to find herself was far more relatable to me than Aang's journey to defeat an ultimate big bad Ozai. Watching Aang always felt more like I was just sitting by watching him go. The conflict was always too big for me to relate to. Korra has the big baddies too, but while that's the case, I think with the antagonists changing every season, it doesn't feel like the conflict is just about the the antagonists. And I really like how you pointed out that Korra's sole existence causes some of the biggest conflicts in the show because that's what made it more personal for me. Because it hit close to home. And yeah, the fact that the gang is all more adult helps too, since I ended up watching The Last Airbender when I was already an adult. I think the gang seeing each other less and doing less together also reflects that. Since in adulthood you can no longer meet your friends as often as you'd wish, what with all the responsibilities and work you now have to do. Yet despite not seeing as often, if you've got the right friends, they'll still be your best friends.

JustinInExile : Also also, why are so many strong female cartoon characters either bisexual, asexual or homosexual these days? Korra, Asami, Bubblegum, Marceline, Batwoman, New She-Ra, Steven Universe gems technically. It just seems a bit odd that in order to be strong female you must not be totally straight or maybe it just the shows that I watch and hear about :D

Sage's Rain : Very well said!

MysticSeireitou : I always assumed Lavabending was just hyper-pressurizing the earth until it got hot. Pressure and Temperature are proportional so if one goes up, the other should also go up. My reckoning for how Bolin gained it, when he couldn't use Metalbending, is the necessary mindset involved. Lavabending likely requires a strong and overbearing will to hyperpressurize the earth, whereas Metalbending requires calmness and refined senses to pick up on the earth fragments in metal, which doesn't seem to be Bolin's cup of tea.

Daniel Contos : How did lava bending confuse you? It's literally rock.

my tits : wow...great video man. "beautiful mess" is definitely Korra in a nutshell, character and show both lol. this is much better and descriptive than that other guy caling the entire thing "garbage." LOK definitely does do that "expecting you to care/figure it out yourself" thing, Noatak using bloodbending to chiblock people's bending permanently for one, and him also having only blocked Korra's connections to fire, water, and earth, not air. and lavabending works in the same way that waterbenders can control ice--they ARE earth and water, just in another form. i've always really appreciated ideas easily regardless of execution, so i easily go along with LOK most of the time lol. but even with those said, as someone struggling with bicuriousity..."Korrasami" is absolutely nothing that i want out of a LGBT rolemodel, especially not in Avatar of all shows. LOK should be focusing on Korra and Kuvira's spiritual relationship together, not Korra and Asami's romantic relationship. Korra and Asami have nothing more special than when either with Mako, whereas Kuvira changed Korra more in one conversation on that flowerbed than Korra has ever changed before. i am very confused and distraught with the current state of LOK in that regard, which is Avatar as a whole i suppose.

erzan : I would have had Legend of Korra divided into 4 seasons. With Amon as the overall villian wanting to use 'Harmonic convergence' to wipe out bending all around the world in one moment. Kuvria, Tenzin and Iroh are of similar age. S1 Metalbending Kuvria is an anti-hero who is convinced by Korra to leave the Metal Clan and become her Metalbending master. S2 Lightningbending General Iroh teaches Korra and joins the gang. S3 Spiritbending* Tenzin teaches Korra and she has finally connected with her Spiritual self. S4 Energybending Korra connects with Wan and he introduces her to the Avatar Spirit just in time to counter Harmonic Convergence and traps Amon in the fog of lost souls. *I would have had Spiritbending as a technique Tenzin learned to gain his Airbending tattoos from his Aang.

Braden E : This video is beautiful. This is how a critique of a show should be made: mature, well-thought out, and rational. Totally unlike Lily Orchard’s toxic, hateful rant. I really appreciate the effort you put into this review 😊

Luis Leonardo : I think the biggest struggle Korra suffered, as a production, was lack of planning. Legend of Korra was meant to be only one season long, which is why at the end of Book 1 all the loose ends seemed to have been tied up, even if a bit rushed. With the demand for a second season they had to start just making it up as they went, and that ultimately affected everything that followed.

Malisa1990 : Throughout the whole video I didn't find it convincing that you liked it,you sound so apologetic and like you are lying to yourself that some parts are good just so you can deceive yourself that it is better than it really is. You brushed over pretty quickly the largest and most obvious flaws ignoring the plethora of the "smaller" ones and quickly shifted the narrative of the video to the things that make the show good. At least to me,the video was not really a good criticism of the show but more like trying to justify the time and emotional response that you have for it just because of it's predecessor.I know that feeling because I used to do that all the time with some tv shows.With each new season I would say to myself "well it's not that bad,it could be worse" and I would say that to myself with each new season until it just breaks down and I there were signs of it's decline all along but I just didn't wont to admit myself that. But with Avatar The Last Airbender,i had a complete opposite opinion,it started pretty mediocre until the second half of the first season and from then it just became better and better with each subsequent season,even when you just think they can't top this in quality they break down everything and blast you with something even better. Korra never did that,every season was worse and by the last episode I knew that there is no justification and that everything that i thought was bad in the first season was just preparing me for the utter bullshit that the show became at it's end.

Irina : Idk why this is such an unpopular opinion but I love Korra more than Avatar and I've seen both multiple times eyyy

Darth Ruin : Korra just a mess

Mithrax The Forsaken : I can't help but look at Korea as many missed opportunities

Amber Beam : “Less is more but I could keep watching episodes of the Avatar universe. Forever.” That’s perfectly put. We know that more would spoil it but it could be beautiful

Emon Khan : My sister liked korra and this series so much that she almost memorized everything. She was too young to watch the last Airbender. She requested me alot to watch this series but i know nothing can defeat the original and my taste is ruined by the original, i never watched korra.

Kunal Oad : 3:20-That moment you realize that momo had more development than all of lengend of korra’s cast

Tough Nut : I don't understand why people are saying they cried

LeonLuke365 : 13:56 14:07 I have very different emotions after watching scenes from each series... The last airbender makes me feel nostalgia , sense of quality, and sense of balance. Nostalgia like watching classic show e.g. Jumanji, Star Wars V, John Carter, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Quality like Blizzard cinematic trailers, texture like colorful wedding cakes (but less shiny) and lotr quality clothing that fits that world. Balance like Chinese board games and classic myths (consistency). The legend of Korra makes me feel mixed feelings of something I experienced, got familiar with but not really loved. It is familiar but not in my heart. It sometimes tricks me by looking too similar to the last airbender but without that ''magic'' of the original show. This last thing made my memory of the last airbender more blurry and connected it with the lower quality new series making it seem lesser. I appreciate your work about reminding me what was the last airbender all about (last video), and what is the new series about so I won't be confused and forget what a masterpiece the last airbender was. If people can separate the two then it is good to watch both series otherwise watch only the first. PS: The Legend of Korra best season is season 2 because it actually takes the show a step forward explaining the back-story (although they aren't very consistent); it had potential. Also the forth season was almost equally good but the whole robot style doesn't fit as much as the ancient spirits style.

KBurnside99 : I always feel like I should hate the Legend of Korra because of how much other fans do, but no matter how hard I try, I still really like it. It's no Avatar, but it had some truly beautiful moments in it and while the characters didn't get much time to develop, the screen time a lot of them had was enough to make them lovable and interesting (Tenzin and Bolin were probably my faves). Everytime I see someone trash Korra, I remember the final fight scene with Zaheer in Book 3, a scene I'd say rivals the most incredible moments in ATLA. Korra had moments of brilliance but ultimately it's like the lovable yet disappointing sequel to a masterpiece that will always overshadow it.

Decton : Its never explained, and really left for viewers discretion, but I think energy bending played a big part in a lot of unexplained and rushed parts. When Aang made it so Korra is able to bend again, he did something similar in the final fight of his era. He disabled the Fire Lord's bending by bending his life energy. I don't think there's anything directly linked as proof, but bending someones blood might be enough to block certain parts of energy flow in them, blocking their bending. Korra learned how to undo it using the same energy bending Aang used on her. Although a big stretch, when she turned into the blue giant, it could be some form of energy bending. Just another bit of information, when she saved the general from her own robot blast, it was using the spirit world wood as fuel, another form of energy bending was used to divert the beam and destroy the robot.

Susie Haltmann : No excuse me?! In Avatar the Last Airbender, the fight scenes were amazing, a long, long, long shot. You see, in Avatar The Last Airbender, each of the 4 elements had a unique fighting style, all based on real life martial arts, and each represented their element perfectly. In Korra... they all fight the same way, no matter what kind of bender they are. And that to me, is one of the greatest sins in this terrible show.

Mayo : men, thanks, I cried watching the video, I kinda feel the same way you do about the show, the strange thing about it is that even with all the flaws legend of korra was veeeeery relatable to me, it made me understand more about myself, thanks for the video <3